Historical Markers in
Roscommon County, Michigan

The city of Flint, Michigan, is known for its history in the automotive industry and was once home to General Motors. However, it is also known for the Flint water crisis, which began in 2014 when the city switched its water source to the Flint River and resulted in lead contamination of the city's water supply.

Roscommon County, located in northern Michigan, has a rich and interesting history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Chippewa (Ojibwe) and Ottawa tribes, who relied on the abundant natural resources of the region for their livelihoods.

In the early 19th century, European settlers began to move into Roscommon County as part of the westward expansion. The fur trade played a significant role in the region's development, with trading posts established along the major rivers. The first permanent settler in the county was Silas Corey, who built a trading post near the present-day village of Roscommon in 1863.

The county was officially established in 1840, taking its name from the Irish county of Roscommon. It quickly grew in population as more people were attracted to the area's timber and agricultural opportunities. Lumbering became a major industry, with several sawmills being built to process the abundant forests.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the resort industry began to flourish in Roscommon County. The area's numerous lakes and natural beauty attracted tourists and summer residents, leading to the development of hotels, cottages, and recreational facilities. Today, the county remains a popular vacation destination, offering a range of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Throughout its history, Roscommon County has embraced its natural resources and recreational opportunities. While the economy has shifted and industries have changed, the county's commitment to preserving its natural beauty and providing a welcoming environment for tourists and residents alike has remained a constant.

  • 1832 - Roscommon County is established by the Michigan Legislature.
  • 1840s - The area is settled by pioneers, primarily of Irish and German descent.
  • 1881 - The Michigan Central Railroad is extended into Roscommon, stimulating economic growth.
  • 1928 - The Ausable State Forest is created, providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
  • 1933 - Roscommon County becomes a popular destination for tourists due to the construction of the Higgins Lake State Park.
  • 1969 - The Jack Pine River Valley Recreation Area is established.
  • 1982 - The Roscommon County Airport is constructed, allowing for increased transportation options.
  • 1996 - The Roscommon County Courthouse undergoes extensive renovations to restore its historic beauty.
  • 2010 - Roscommon County celebrates its 178th anniversary.